2021-03-25 E-Edition

Covid relief money pouring down

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Clarke school system must figure how to spend up to $11 million in allocations

The Clarke County Board of Education is expecting as much as $11 million in the new American Rescue Plan Covid-19 relief funds as provided through the $1.9 trillion package recently passed by the U.S. Congress. That’s almost one third of the school system’s $27 million annual budget. Superintendent of Education Larry Bagley and Custodian of Funds Carmen Rotch shared the […]

Millions flowing to counties; every city and town will get American Rescue Plan funds

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Individuals aren’t the only ones benefitting from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Biden to aid recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The state of Alabama is getting a little over $4 billion. Each of Alabama’s 67 counties are getting funds and every incorporated municipality, from the smallest towns to […]

Tornado hits NW Clarke

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St. Patrick’s Day brought no luck to a small community near Campbell’s Landing in northwestern Clarke County as a late afternoon tornado roared through, virtually destroying one home and damaging four others. The National Weather Service classified the storm as an EF-2 with winds of up to 130 mph. It was part of a larger storm system on March 17 […]

Wash. Co. makes profit on sale of eight dump trucks

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Washington County got a good price for dump trucks it sold at public auction recently. County Engineer Danny Overton reported during the county commission’s meeting by phone Monday that the eight trucks brought over the guaranteed bid price and the county realized a profit of more than $360,000 on the trucks over what was paid for them. The trucks did […]


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Clarke commissioners reject license official’s request for additional part-time help

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The question of part-time help sparked a heated discussion for the Clarke County Commission at the Tuesday meeting. License Commissioner Linda Goodman had requested a part-time license clerk for her office in the courthouse. “We are overwhelmed with work and we need help,” Goodman said. “It is hard to keep the full staff in the office every day and this […]

New pole barn for farmer’s market

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It was pouring rain when this photo of the new pole barn on the old Greer’s lot on Kimbell Avenue was taken Tuesday afternoon. It wasn’t leaking! The pole barn will be the new home of the Jackson Farmer’s Market and will be used for a number of other public events and activities. Electricity has been run to the barn […]

Sales and use tax abatements for PCA’s conversion project approved by Jackson council

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Portion of sales taxes abated for Tractor Supply, Taco Bell

The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday evening to proceed with sales and user tax abatements for Packaging Corporation of America’s announced $460 million conversion of a Jackson mill paper machine from making white paper to making linerboard. The abatement will be for 20 years and Mayor Paul South said it was a small offering for the investment PCA is making […]

Another one gone on Carroll Street

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Another old building on Carroll Street in downtown Jackson has been torn down. This is in the rear of the old Faulkner store building. It was damaged by Hurricane Zeta. Last week, the old A-1 Cleaners, in the same block, was taken down by the city. Jackson Mayor Paul South said the city is working to clean up unslightly structures.